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Several pieces were mislaid, and not discovered until it was too late to have them inserted in their respective Sections: they are therefore placed in the Miscellaneous part.
"It may be said of Shakspeare, that from his works may be collected a system of civil and economical prudence.
He has himself been imitated by all succeeding writers; and it may be doubted, whether from all his scccessors more maxims of theoretical knowledge, or more rules of practical prudence, can be collected, than he alone has given to his country."
Gifts, not our own.
Heaven doth with us, as we with torches do;
As if we had them not.a Spirits are not finely touch'd,
The smallest scruple of her excellence,
But, like a thrifty goddess, she determines
Both thanks and use.b
Thyself and thy belongings
Are not thine own so proper, as to waste
Faults, extenuation of.
Oftentimes, excusing of a fault,
Doth make the fault the worse by the excuse;
Discredit more, in hiding of the fault,c
Modern and present opinions contrasted.
a Matt. v. 15, 16.
b Interest. Matt, xxv. 20, &c.
c i.e. Blemish.